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Ankara’s Ambassador to Cairo: Türkiye supports Dr. Khaled Al-Anani as a candidate for the presidency of UNESCO

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Turkish Embassy in Cairo witnessed a historical and intellectual symposium on the Turkish cultural heritage in Egypt, attended by a large crowd of Egyptians and Turks, led by Prince Abbas Helmy and a large number of ambassadors and former assistants to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The symposium was held under the patronage of Turkey’s Ambassador to Cairo, Salih Mutlu Şen, with the participation of many prominent guests, intellectuals, academics, ambassadors and Egyptian journalists.
Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, gave a lecture in the context of his book “The Turks in Egypt and Their Cultural Heritage,” which he wrote with great effort and care.

He said that the book, whose introduction was written by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is the product of more than forty years of work. It draws attention to the fact that Turkish culture during the Ottoman period was not widespread before Muhammad Ali Pasha came to power in Egypt.

He added: The book attempts to explain how Ottoman Turkish culture and language gained intensity and spread in Egypt compared to the previous period, as a result of the great interest and innovation policies followed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, the great lover of Egypt and the founder of modern Egypt.

At the end of the symposium, the documentary film entitled “Qadriya” was shown, which deals with the Egyptian princess “Qadriya, daughter of Sultan Hussein Kamel,” the text of which was written by the Turkish ambassador to Cairo, Salih Mutlu Shen.
During the dialogue that followed Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu’s lecture, in which one of the most prominent participants was former Assistant Foreign Minister Ambassador Mehdi Fathallah, who worked as ambassador in Ankara, he noted that Egypt and Turkey have historical relations and that they have not been exposed to any tremors, even during the past years, despite The apparent differences witnessed an increase in economic, tourism, and especially commercial relations

Dr. Ihsanoglu and Ambassador Mutlu praised Turkey’s support for Egypt’s candidate for UNESCO, Dr. Khaled Anani, and also praised the return of relations to their normal course and the interest in deepening cooperation in various fields, especially cultural ones.

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